Have your say - Urban Freight Planning Principles

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications sought public feedback on draft Urban Freight Planning Principles (PDF: 1.7 MB).

Planning for current and future freight needs was a critical action area arising from the industry led Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. The Inquiry's industry Expert Panel recommended that all tiers of government ensure Australian freight supply chains are appropriately integrated into land use planning systems.

In response, the Australian Government is leading development of National Urban Freight Planning Principles in collaboration with state and territory governments. The draft Principles are intended to guide actions to strengthen consideration of freight in planning and decision-making.

The Principles are part of a broader agenda of freight related reforms to be delivered under the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and associated National Action Plan.

The department will seek agreement to the Principles by Commonwealth Ministers through the Budget process, and Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in 2021.

Public consultation

On 27 November 2020, the department announced it would hold three public focus groups on the Principles. The first focus group was held on 18 December 2020, the second on 19 January 2021 and the third on 21 January 2021.

The 21 January workshop was targeted at planners and local governments and focused on practical implementation options for integrating the Principles into planning frameworks and decision-making. The department also hosted an online survey that closed on 18 December 2020.

Through the survey and three workshops, the department was able to engage with over 60 people, representing over 50 organisations – varying from freight operators and users, academia, the planning profession, industry groups and state and local governments.

Feedback received through the consultation process will inform further refinement of the Principles prior to their agreement by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in 2021.

Please direct any queries to freightstrategy@infrastructure.gov.au.